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The Paris of Napoleon III was one big brothel – which is why the future Edward VII loved it

A review of Dirty Bertie, by Stephen Clarke. The rebuilding of Paris was partly about making it a capital for sexual tourism

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

7 June 2014

9:00 AM

Dirty Bertie Stephen Clarke

Century, pp.386, £20, ISBN: 9781780890340

Stephen Clarke lives in Paris and writes book with titles such as 1,000 Years of Annoying the French. Dirty Bertie is a book in the same line — a comic history which manages to combine his brand of jaunty, bawdy humour (not mine, I confess) with being genuinely informative about French history.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £16.50. Tel: 08430 600033. Jane Ridley is the author of Bertie: A Life of Edward VII. 

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